First Team

Important points up for grabs in relegation battle

Hannover will travel to Frankfurt on matchday 27 in the Bundesliga. An away win would be extremely important against fellow strugglers Eintracht Frankfurt if the Reds want to improve their chances of staying up.

Match facts

  • If Hannover lose in Frankfurt the gap between them and safety would change from ten to 15 points.

  • Every side that has lost 19 games in the first 26 matchdays, like Hannover this season, has been relegated.

  • The Reds have lost eight out of nine games so far under Thomas Schaaf.

  • However, Frankfurt have won none of their last eight Bundesliga matches. At the moment it is the longest run without a win for any Bundesliga sides this season.

  • In the first half against Mönchengladbach, Frankfurt didn’t allow them to have a single attempt on goal - it was the first time this season that Eintracht had managed that in any half of football this season.

  • Frankfurt ran 117.6 kilometres in Mönchengladbach, four more kilometres than the hosts. It was the most running Frankfurt have done in any game this season.

  • Hannover will be without: Andreasen (compressed ankle), Felipe (groin problem), Bech (recovering from a muscle strain) and Benschop (knee operation and hip problem).

  • Frankfurt will be without: Anderson (rehabilitation), Flum (rehabilitation) and Gacinovic (glandular fever). 

Battle of the day
The 96ers will be looking to keep a close eye on Szabolcs Huszti, who played for the Reds for five years and in that time not only scored 43 goals but provided the assist for 45 more. It will also be extremely important to defend well from the 32-year-old’s set-pieces. Hannover captain Christian Schulz knows Huszti best and will be doing everything to make sure that Hungarian midfielder doesn’t score or even get a chance to.      

Current form
Thomas Schaaf’s side have gone three games without a victory including the 2-0 loss to FC Köln. Eintracht are having an even worse time of it and are currently eight games without a win. Furthermore, the change of coach before the last game couldn’t inspire the team to three points as they suffered a 3-0 defeat.  

Goals aplenty in Frankfurt
The Reds were beaten 2-1 by Frankfurt in the meeting earlier this season. Previous match-ups in the financial district have produced a number of goals, with at least three being scored in each of the 96ers' matches at the Commerzbank-Arena in their last eight years. So home and away fans alike can look forward to an entertaining game, but the questions remains: Which side will score the most goals on Saturday evening?

Potential line-ups:

Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky - Regäsel, Zambrano, Russ, Djakpa - Hasebe, Reinartz - Aigner, Stendera, Ben-Hatira - Seferovic

Hannover 96: Zieler - H. Sakai, Milosevic, C. Schulz, Sorg - Gülselam - Karaman, Kiyotake, Fossum - Szalai, Almeida